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Liner Notes: Don't Skip the Openers 

Did someone say old timey? the decembErists join death cab on Saturday's lsa bill. This weekend is one of the biggest ever for the Les

click to enlarge Did someone say old timey? the decembErists join death cab on Saturday's lsa bill.
  • Did someone say old timey? the decembErists join death cab on Saturday's lsa bill.
Did someone say old timey? the decembErists join death cab on Saturday's lsa bill. This weekend is one of the biggest ever for the Les Schwab Amphitheater, which is hosting what we could fairly call Sasquatch Jr. or perhaps Baby Sasquatch, or maybe Oregon-quatch - take your pick. Any way you split it, we're basically just cashing in on the overflow from the Central Washington mega festival and bringing those acts down our way. This siphoning of Sasquatch Festival acts results in an added bonus - super sweet openers to already super sweet headliners.

 
The names on your ticket stubs will read Michael Franti & Spearhead, Death Cab For Cutie and Modest Mouse, but the bands warming the stage for those acts could each hold their own as headliners under different circumstances.

Friday night, it's Built to Spill, long time residents in the upper echelon of indie rock, taking the stage with their sometimes poppy, sometimes jammy and always tight brand of rock and roll. We've been looking for BTS to come by for a while now - their hometown of Boise isn't that far away is it? - and now we finally get a stop off.


On Saturday, Death Cab For Cutie brings in tow the Decemberists, the Portland band sometimes thought of as Death Cab's understudy, to open along with San Francisco's pop duo Mates of State. The Decemberists, fresh off playing for 72,000 Obama supporters last weekend in PDX, provide a multi-layered folk/pop attack that you should probably already know well.

The always-unpredictable Modest Mouse is accompanied on Sunday by the resurging Breeders that, with the Deal sisters at the helm, has almost two decades of alt-rock experience under its collective belt. Also on the bill for the Sunday Schwab service is The National, Brooklyn's new wave rockers who are expected to make even bigger waves this summer than they already have over the past year.

So, the lesson here is don't show up late. - Mike Bookey

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